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London Dock-Labourers' Strike - Mass Meeting Will Be Held Tonight
[Leicester: 1889]. Announcement of a mass meeting of textile and shoe workers in Leicester, to express solidarity with striking dock-workers during the Great London Docker's Strike of 1889. The speakers, primarily representatives of the Hosiery and Shoe trade unions (Leicester was the seat of the British shoe trade in the...
[Item #17278]
Price: $150.00
 
London Dock-Labourers' Strike - Mass Meeting Will Be Held Tonight
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Strike Broadside: Meeting - Gran Hotel Ancira - Monterrey, Mexico (ca.1930's)
Monterrey: Strike Committee, ca.1930's. An original broadside calling for a labor strike at the Gran Hotel Ancira in Monterrey, Mexico. The Hotel Ancira, which opened in 1912, was owned by capitalist Jose Torrellardona. An elegant, neo-classical building, the hotel is one of the oldest in Monterrey, famously used as Pancho...
[Item #17263]
Price: $300.00
 
Strike Broadside: Meeting - Gran Hotel Ancira - Monterrey, Mexico (ca.1930's)
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Samuel Gompers - Champion of the Toiling Masses
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1935. First Edition. Octavo (24cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 376pp; frontis. portr. Tight, clean, VG or better copy in original pictorial dustwrapper, lightly rubbed at margins but still clean and attractive; VG. Sympathetic biography of the long-time leader of the AFL.
[Item #16305]
Price: $40.00
 
Samuel Gompers - Champion of the Toiling Masses
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Madri d'Italia! per Augusto Masetti
Lynn, MA: Tipografia della Cronaca Sovversiva, 1913. First Edition. A plea for the release of Augusto Masetti, an Italian soldier in the Libyan campaign who assassinated his colonel during a long-winded rallying of the troops. Masetti is reputed to have shouted: "Down with the War! Long Live Anarchy!" while committing...
[Item #14108]
Price: $200.00
 
Madri d'Italia! per Augusto Masetti
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Report to the President on the Anthracite Coal Strike of May-October, 1902, by the Anthracite Coal Strike Commission
Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office, 1903. First Edition. Official report of Theodore Roosevelt's independent Commission, appointed "at the request of both the operators and of the miners" in October 1902 to investigate the causes of the Great Anthracite Strike of that year. The Commission's report marked an important mileston in...
[Item #17337]
Price: $40.00
 
Report to the President on the Anthracite Coal Strike of May-October, 1902, by the Anthracite Coal Strike Commission
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Labor Monopolies - Or Freedom
New York: Committee for Constitutional Government, 1946. First Edition. Anti-labor propaganda by a private industry group. Illustrated with a few halftones documenting atrocities committed by union picketers and organizers. 12mo. Pictorial wrappers; 166pp; illus. Mild external wear; paper slightly tanned; else a tight, unmarked, VG copy.
[Item #16328]
Price: $15.00
 
Labor Monopolies - Or Freedom
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The Labor Movement in the South During Slavery
New York: International Publishers, [1954]. First Edition. Staple-bound pamphlet. 24pp; lightly dusted; else a bright, crisp copy in very good condition.
[Item #15832]
Price: $25.00
 
The Labor Movement in the South During Slavery
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Parched Earth
New York: Macmillan Company, 1934. First Edition. Strike novel set among California cannery workers, featuring as its main character "a dedicated Commmunist who attempts to organize exploited workers thrown out of work by mechanization" (HANNA). An exceptionally nice copy. BLAKE p. 251. HANNA 114. RIDEOUT p. 296. Octavo. Cloth boards;...
[Item #17365]
Price: $300.00
 
Parched Earth
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We Make Our Own History: A Portrait of the UAW
Detroit: International Union, UAW, 1986. First Edition. Quarto (31cm). Pictorial card wrappers (softcover, as issued); 158pp. Fine. Photographic history of the United Auto Workers.
[Item #14646]
Price: $15.00
 
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Speeding up the Workers
New York: International Pamphlets, 1932. Second Edition. Staple-bound pamphlet; 31pp; lightly splitting along bottom of front hinge; age-toned; else in good or better condition.
[Item #15830]
Price: $20.00
 
Speeding up the Workers
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Workers' World: Kinship, Community, and Protest in an Industrial Society, 1900-1940
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982. First Edition. Brown cloth (hardcover); 200pp. Occasional light markings, else fine in a clean, unworn dustjacket. Sociological study of community and kinship relations between Pennsylvania laborers and labor protesters before WWII.
[Item #1548]
Price: $12.00
 
Workers' World: Kinship, Community, and Protest in an Industrial Society, 1900-1940
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Ten Bulletins and Press Releases From the Harry Bridges Defense Committee, 1939-40
San Francisco: Harry Bridges Defense Committee, 1939-40. A rare group of source documents from one of the most celebrated anti-labor trials of the Cold War era. Bridges, an Australian-born labor leader, rose to prominence as a the lead spokesman for labor in the bloody West Coast Longshore Strike of 1934...
[Item #18919]
Price: $300.00
 
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Portrait of an American Labor Leader: William L. Hutcheson
New York: American Institute of Social Science, 1955. Fifth Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 430p. Tight and unmarked; about fine, in lightly rubbed pictorial jacket. Nice copy.
[Item #11117]
Price: $12.00
 
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The Great Strike on the "Q", with A History of the Organization and Growth of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, and Switchmen's Mutual Aid Association of North America
Chicago: Elliott & Beezley, 1889. First Edition. Labor's side of the momentous joint strike of firemen and engineers on the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. As a result of scabbing, encouraged in part by the rival Conductors' Union, the strike ended in a resounding defeat for labor. Eugene Debs, who...
[Item #13550]
Price: $85.00
 
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Craft Unionism Versus Industrial Unionism
New York: New York Labor News Company, 1934. Reprint. Staple-bound pamphlet; printed wrappers; 32pp. Slight soil to covers, else Near Fine. 12mo.
[Item #7908]
Price: $12.00
 
Craft Unionism Versus Industrial Unionism
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Child Labor As a Relic of the Dark Ages
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1937. First Edition. A critical examination of child labor practices in America. Well-illustrated with photographic plates depicting young children in harsh working environments as well as portraits of politicians and activists associated with child labor laws. Uncommon in jacket. Octavo (21cm). Orange cloth, 336pp...
[Item #15340]
Price: $85.00
 
Child Labor As a Relic of the Dark Ages
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Labor Agreements in Coal Mines: A Case Study of the Administration of Agreements Between Miners' and Operators' Organizations in the Bituminous Mines of Illinois
New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1931. First Edition. An important study of labor relations in the bituminous coal industry, published as part of the Russell Sage "Industrial Relations" series. The present copy was bound for Harry Fishwick, a miner and union activist who at the time of publication was President...
[Item #15332]
Price: $85.00
 
Labor Agreements in Coal Mines: A Case Study of the Administration of Agreements Between Miners' and Operators' Organizations in the Bituminous Mines of Illinois
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A Short History of the British Working Class Movement (3 Vols in 2)
New York: Macmillan, 1927. Three octavo volumes. Original cloth. Early printing of Volumes I-II, together in one volume (as issued); first printing of v.III (published separately). Dusting to page edges, mild foxing to endpapers, occasional brief pencil marginalia to first volume. A solid, Very Good set overall; a widely acknowledged...
[Item #3903]
Price: $50.00
 
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The World of Labour. Edited with an inroduction andnotes by John Lovell
New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1973. Reprint. Octavo. Red cloth boards, gilt titles; 443pp; introduction & notes. Previous owner's bookplate inside front cover; date stamp on rear endpaper, else a fine, unmarked copy.
[Item #16489]
Price: $14.00
 
The World of Labour. Edited with an inroduction andnotes by John Lovell
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Sagas Of Struggle: A Labor Anthology. Drawings by Raymond Zalstein
New York: Claridge Publishing Corp. 1951. First Edition. Anthology of labor writings by Meyer Levin, Edward McSorley, Oscar Ameringer, John Beecher and others. Full-page illustrations by Raymond Zalstein. Octavo (20cm). Pictorial wrappers; 128pp; illus. Wrappers lightly rubbed and foxed; text clean and unmarked; Very Good. Issued simultaneously in cloth.
[Item #14985]
Price: $12.00
 
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The Purgatory of Suicides. A Prison-Rhyme in Ten Books By Thomas Cooper, The Chartist
London: J. Watson, 1847. Second Edition. Second edition (first published Lon: J. How, 1845). Thomas Cooper's best-known work, written while incarcerated for his involvement in the 1842 Pottery Riots. Cooper, a self-educated shoemaker, was a prolific poet and one of the leading spokesmen for the Chartists; he would later serve...
[Item #18864]
Price: $120.00
 
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Second Annual Report of the Department of Labor for the State of Oklahoma 1908-9
Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Labor, 1909. Very Good. First Edition. Original cloth; 402pp; photo frontis. Lightly worn copy; front hinge cracked, but holding; ownership markings blacked out on front endpaper; internally solid, clean and unmarked.
[Item #2563]
Price: $18.75
 
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A Decadent Jeffersonian on the Socialist Gridiron
New York: New York Labor News Company, 1935. First Edition. Octavo. Stiff card wrappers; 48pp; 4 leaves of publisher's advertisements. Light age toning; else a tight copy in very good or better condition.
[Item #15654]
Price: $15.00
 
A Decadent Jeffersonian on the Socialist Gridiron
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Better Times!
New York: The Executive Committee of the Socialistic Labor Party, 1884. Second Edition. Quite early publication of Daniel De Leon's Socialist Labor Party, established in 1877 as the Workingmen's Party (and still in existence today - the oldest continuously-functioning socialist party in the United States). Douai's foundational work was first...
[Item #18995]
Price: $125.00
 
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Lighting the Nation's Capital: The History of IBEW Local 26 1892-1992
Washington, D.C. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 1992. First Edition. Octavo. Printed card wrappers; 215pp; illus. Fine, apparently unread copy, free of markings or wear.
[Item #16490]
Price: $15.00
 
Lighting the Nation's Capital: The History of IBEW Local 26 1892-1992


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